Karsan launches e-ATA electric bus range
By Julian Buckley30 September 2021
Turkish bus manufacturer Karsan has introduced its new e-ATA range of electric buses. The fully-electric models are available with seven different battery packs, with power ranging from 150 kWh to 600 kWh (largest packs only offered with the 18-metre bus).
The new models are available with overall lengths of 10, 12 and 18 metres. Maximum range is up to 450 km (12 metre length). The range was calculated in actual service, in heavy traffic and the air conditioning running.
Power is delivered via electric hub motors located in the wheels.
Karsan states that using fast-charging technology, the battery packs can be recharged in one to four hours, dependent on size.
Okan Baş, CEO of Karsan, commented: “When we look at the European market for urban buses, we find that 83% of the market consists of 12- and 18-metre large buses. On the other hand, the conversion from diesel to electric buses is increasing rapidly. It is expected that 35% of vehicles sold in 2024 and at least 50% by 2030 will be all-electric.”
The buses feature a lightweight body and low-floor interior to allow passenger movement. By length, the buses have a maximum capacity of 90, 100 and 150 passengers.
The first order of 10 buses from the e-ATA range will be delivered to the Romanian city of Slatina in December, with further deliveries scheduled in 2022.
The e-ATA buses build on the experience gained through development of the six-metre Jest Electric, which features BMW i battery technology.